Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paper Weave card tutorial with Basic Grey Sun Kissed

Ok, so when's the last time you may have done paper weaving?  I'm up on the FotoBella blog with my latest design team project and tutorial on how to make a card, weaving paper.  The collection featured is Basic Grey Sun Kissed from  

You can make this too!  Visit for your Basic Grey Sun Kissed supplies and follow this tutorial.

Paper:  Cadence, Wildflower, Droplet, Wingspan; Title Sticker Sheet, Die Cuts, Black & White Card Stock
·       Dark Brown Ink
·       Scissors
·       Ruler
·       Stickles
·       Adhesive
·       Scallop Circle Punch 2 ½”
·       Circle punch 2 ¼” 

1.  Cut strips of paper approx. ¼” wide by 12” long.

2.  Cut the 12” strips in half so that they measure 6”.   

3.  For the base of the card, cut a piece of white cardstock so it measures 8” wide and 12” long. 

4.  Fold the card stock in half so that the face of the card measures 4” wide and 6” long. 

5.  Line up the strips of paper vertically along the face of the card in the pattern that you like.

6.  Holding the bottom of the strips with one hand begin weaving the first strip along the top, horizontally.  The weaving is done by going under one strip and then over the next, repeating the pattern across the strips of paper, until the end.

7.  The second strip should be woven in the opposite pattern than the first strip (ie:  over, under, over under..)  Once the first couple horizontal strips are woven in, place a ruler to hold the top while weaving in the rest of the paper strips.       

8.  Continue weaving the paper all the way to the bottom of the card, adjusting the spacing and alternating paper patterns along the way. 

9.  Based on the spacing I had 8 vertical strips of paper and 13 horizontal strips.  This will vary based on how tight you space and weave the paper.  The goal is to cover the whole face of the card. 

10.  Flip over the weaved paper and apply glue back and forth across the rows of paper.       

11.  Adhere the weaved paper to the front of the card. Line it up so all the edges line up with the base of the card, The horizontal strips will hang over on both sides and need to be trimmed down.    

12.  Flip the card over and cleanly trim off the excess paper strips, using scissors and following the edge of the white cardstock.   

13.  Once the edges are trimmed this is what the front of the card should look like.    

14.  Go around the edges and glue down any strips that are loose.  You want everything completely glued down to the card base.   

15.  Punch a 2 1/2” scallop circle out of black card  stock and a 2 ¼” circle out of white card stock.                                     

16.  Layer the white circle on top of the black scallop.  Place the pink vellum die cut on top of the white card stock. 

17.  What it should look like with all the shapes layered.

18.  Select the Triangle Sticker from the Title StickerSheet with the sentiment “U Are Simply Wonderful” and layer on to the white cardstock. 

19.  Using Black Diamond and Silver stickles, embellish the die cut and the scallop circle.

And drumroll please....

Have a fabulous day!  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's a Vacation Countdown Calendar

Hello I've got another fun project for the SVG Attic Guest Design Team!  I call it the Vacation Countdown Calendar.  It's the Christmas Advent Calendar made over!  This is a fun way for the family to do a vacation destination reveal by hiding hints in the calendar each day, or a way for each family member to share what they want to do and see while on the trip.  

The advent calendar design is from the Christmas Advent Calendar kit and instead of using the Christmas tree and packages in the center shadow box portion, I used the SDS Paris Voyage kit.  The suitcase, Effiel Tower, and cruise ship are in this kit along with "journey", "dream" and "bon voyage". 

This was really fun to put together.  The paper is a combination of Basic Grey's Wander collection and Little Yellow Bicycle's The Escape Collection.  There were some great embellishments from these collections that I incorporated into the calendar:  clouds, airplane, camera, advent drawer numbers.  

Most kids LOVE advents and mine are dying to use this one!  They can't wait for us to plan our next vacation just so they can use this countdown calendar.

If you are looking for something different and fun to do, this is a project for you!  

Bon Voyage!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Day Layout with Basic Grey Sun Kissed

Hello, hello!  I', here to share a fun summer layout with Basic Grey's Sun Kissed Collection.  It's such a cute collection, and I just love that pineapple die cut!  It's cold and wintery where I'm at, but I know it's summer somewhere!  I'll admit, I was wishing for warmer days while putting this layout together.  

So this pineapple was the starting point for this whole layout. It just shouts "Summer!" 

There are some beautiful patterns in this paper, reminds me of a kaleidoscope.  I chose many of them and cut them in squares & rectangles to make a mosaic background for the photos. 

Did some embellishing with the cork stickers, die cuts and stickers to add the finishing touches to the layout.  I had just as much fun making this layout as the kids did carving their names into our picnic table that Daddy built.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SVG Attic and Valentine Goodie Bags

Hooray!  Today is my first post with SVG Attic!  I'm really excited to share my project with you today, it's a fun one for Valentine's Day!  It's one of my favorite holidays.  

Here are couple of cute goodie bags using SVG Attic's Basic Gift Bag Collection, JGW Tropical Haven Collection and an assortment of Bella Blvd.  and Heidi Swapp papers.

I like using bright colors and fun patterns together and that is why I chose the flip flop and pineapple to adorn the valentine goodie bags.  The bags I made here are the short and tall handled gift bags.  

The flip flop is from the flip flop standing album file.  I used the flip flop that goes to the front of the album.  This is a two piece flip flop:  the base and the top with slits in it.  For it to fit the gift bag, I resized the flip flip to 5.8" tall and 3.4" wide.  Layered the top shape with the slits in it and sized it so it fits just inside the base.  I also had to resize the other pieces proportionately.  This is easy to do once you have the flip flop resized.  

The pineapple on the short gift bag is from the Pineapple Sweet Card DS file.  I also resized the pineapple to fit the bag.  The base is 5.4" tall by 3.5" wide and I adjusted the layers proportionately.  I added the glasses from the Tropical cool box file.  I hand cut the hearts out of patterned paper and fit them behind the glasses.  I thought the pineapple came out really cute!  He could definitely be my valentine!  

Hope you enjoyed this fun little project and it inspires you to create your own.

Have a fabulous day,

Supplies Used:

Bella Blvd. Molly Collection:  Unlimited Text,  Sketch w/ Style, Peace, Sparkle & Shine
Bella Blvd. Summer Squeeze:  Strawberry Squeeze
Bella Blvd. Sprinkles: Bell Pepper
Bella Blvd. Luckystarz: Peep Starz
Bella Blvd. Family Forever:  Language of Love
Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Paper Pad:  Pink & Teal glitter paper

Black Card stock, Brown Card stock
Stickles:  Xmas Red, Black Diamond, Dark Green
Antique Brass brad
Twinery Twine:  Pink, Teal

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Awesome Times Basic Grey Sunkissed Layout

Let's take a step back from the holiday hub bub shall we?  And rewind to fun summer and spring colors with Basic Grey Sunkissed collection from  This collection is really cute and I love it!


I dug up some really adorable photos of my two loves on their first day of school.  My daughter was being super supportive of her brother's first day of preschool and these photos have captured that fabulous day!  


There was so much I wanted to use from this collection, that I just went to town with the layers to incorporate it all.  I've got some tearing going on with the neutral background and I punched the large sunburst shape with one of my Lucky 8 Punches!  Who has those?  Aren't they fun?  


You'll find some great cork stickers in the Sunkissed collection.  I layered this one on a piece of black card stock, added black diamond Stickles and a scalloped circle.  


Here's a great view of the fun layering and the tags I added with some twine.  Go to and check out this bundle for yourself.  It's a blast to play with!

Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bo Bunny Dear Santa Treat Bags

Happy Holidays, I'm sharing a  FotoBella's design team  tutorial on how to make this cute bag on the FotoBella blog today!  Go check it out!  Looking for a fun way to package some holiday goodies?  Do you have any brown paper lunch bags hanging around in your cabinets?  Mix a couple of lunch bags with Bo Bunny's Dear Santa I Want It All Bundle from and you've got yourself some really cute holiday goodie bags.

Supplies Needed:  Dear Santa Bundle-Gift tag paper, Ephemera pack, Combo Sticker Sheet
                               Adhesive, Dark Brown Ink, Twine, brown lunch bag

Tools:  Scissors, Ruler, Big Bite or Crop a dile (hole punch)

 Bo Bunny Dear Santa bundle

Once you get started, you'll find it to be pretty simple, and want to make several like I did!   Have fun making endless design combinations!  Don't forget to get your Bo Bunny Dear Santa Bundle before it's too late!

Happy Holiday crafting!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bo Bunny Dear Santa Christmas Card Layout

What will you be busy doing once you finish carving up that Thanksgiving turkey?   Christmas shopping? Holiday cards? Spending time with friends and family and holiday paper crafting!?!  I know I'll be doing all of the above!  

Bo Bunny's Dear Santa Collection from FotoBella is a great way to persevere those memories you create during the holidays and make some fabulous Christmas projects.    Every year I send out Christmas cards with family photos and I keep one from each year so that I can scrapbook them.  I'm sharing this layout today with our family Christmas card from 2010.  

I wanted the card to be the focal point of the page, and used a variety of papers to layer behind it to pick up the colors from the card.  

I chose the dear, arrow and holly berries from the Bo Bunny Dear Santa ephemera pack for embellishing.  

I added a cute border along the bottom of the card that comes in the I Want It All bundle.  This layout is really very simple in design and only takes a short time to make.  

Visit and get your Dear Santa I Want It All bundle right away!  You need it to get your Christmas craft on!  Hurry, these bundles sell out quick!  I've missed out on a few myself, so go, go go!  

Have a fabulous day!